WASHINGTON — The House on Friday adopted an annual Pentagon policy bill that includes a provision allowing the Defense Department to repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military…
…But the provision generating the most attention had little to do with the Defense Department budget. Instead, it would allow a repeal of the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which bars openly gay men and lesbians from service in the military.
President Obama supports a repeal of the ban, as does the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. The bill would allow the Defense Department to end the ban 60 days after military leaders receive a report on the ramifications of openly gay and lesbian soldiers and certify that doing so would not disrupt the armed forces. Read complete article - By David M. Herszenhorn – The New York Times